Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Back in History - Inmates (1979)

Tomorrow, Thursday, August 27th, marks the 150th anniversary of oil's discovery back when Edwin Laurentine Drake first extracted the substance from the ground in Titusville, PA.

He decided to drive pipe into the earth so debris wouldn't clog the drill hole and on August 27, 1859, the method proved successful when his driller struck oil 69 1/2 feet below ground.

And the rest is history.

Read more from CBS News to find out more and the fascinating story of Drake.

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